FEB 27 (PORTLAND, Maine) - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that Derek Parker, 30, of Gonic, New Hampshire, was sentenced in United States District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to four years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Parker pleaded guilty to the offense on November 13, 2013.
In late 2012 and early 2013, law enforcement agents learned that Parker was obtaining 10-20 grams of heroin on an almost daily basis and distributing heroin to customers in Maine and southern New Hampshire. On April 24, 2103, Parker and thirteen other individuals were indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Parker was arrested shortly after he was indicted. This case results from a joint investigation conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; New Hampshire and Maine State Police, the York County Sheriff’s Office; the Rochester, New Hampshire Police Department and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.